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Christmas Home Decoration ideas

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bouquetofpencils Tue 26-Aug-14 11:27:43

I have just bought two sets of these.

Christmas Chair Covers

I also have a few Christmas cushion covers and throws.

I would like to get a little toy train set to go around the base of the tree.

If I had my way the house would look like one of those American ones you see on the Christmas 24 channel made for TV Christmas movies, with garlands and candy canes everywhere.

What do you do and any good recommendations for lovely Christmas housewares?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 26-Aug-14 12:05:26

Ooh I love those covers grin

I bought a Gingerbread Man fleece and some cushions last year from Dunelm Mill (to go on the sofa)

I love candles and foliage on the mantlepiece ( we use those battery operated flameless ones for safety. They're ok from a distance, we got real wax ones , from Costco)

Have you looked in Costco - they're originally American so sell the stuff that TV Movies are made of. (I'll even forgive the nauseating use of The Holidays on everything because I love their glass baubles)

I got a wreath and garland from QVC (wreath is battery op can go outside. Has a timer you can set for 6 hours)
Garland also battery op, (don't know if it's outdoor) I put it on the windowsill of the front room.

I bought some tiny felt stockings to hang candy canes in (have you noticed the canes are a really insipid pink and white rather than red/white sometimes)

I have a glass jar with a lid and a bowl to put sweets in. Gold wrapped Ferrero Rocher, Lindt , Werthers Originals all look nice piled up.

I might get a load of those miniature individually wrapped candy canes to go in the jar

bouquetofpencils Tue 26-Aug-14 12:23:10

Googling gingerbread man fleeces! Sighs happily.

I have got these as Christmas presents for the men folk but bought them in January when they were cheaper.

Rug Christmas Santa Sleeved Blanket, Red/ White

bouquetofpencils Tue 26-Aug-14 12:24:19

Tries link again

Snug Rug Christmas Santa Sleeved Blanket, Red/ White

AtlanticDrift Tue 26-Aug-14 19:54:22

I do go a bit over board at christmas, but all in the best posible taste <said in best Kenny Everett voice>

Front door- big wreath that has poinsettias on it. Last year I bought giant baubles and placed them in each corner of 2 pots with a little evergreen, small ivy and a berried plant. Will prob do that again they were pretty.

Porch- 2 large wooden lanterns with candles on window sills. I bought a fake garland and cut it into smaller pieces so it fits exactly along the window sill. I wire pine cones and faux berries on this. I have a wooden sleigh that is artfully proped up in the porch too. (Told you it was ott)

Hall- fake tree decorated in gold & cream, more candles on table. Stairs have garland along the bottom, leaving handrail free. I use a faux garland and twist fresh ever green & holly onto it about a week before. I have lights and tiny gold baubles on this

Sitting room- big pots of greenery & faux berry branches. Fireplace has arrangement of plain greenery with lots of candles. I use fresh flower florist foam so the greenery keeps fresh for 2 weeks

Is scandi style. Paper snowflakes and honeycomb baubles hang from all the windows. Some I've bought, some made easily from plain whire paper, tutorial on youtube tree is real with red, white, wooden scheme. Decorations mostly from Ikea. Kitchen table has a long runner arrangement of plain spruce or fir with tea lights among it.

Dining room has icicle lights and giant baubles hanging from curtain pole. Glass vases filled with faux frosted fruits along the tables. Lots more candles.

3 more mini trees in dc's rooms. They also make paper chains from comics usually for their rooms. Christmas scandi duvet covers that I got last year thanks to a thread on here.

I also have white lights around the inside of all front windows, icicle lights along the porch and lights around an evergreen out front.

Yes I do love Christmas

bouquetofpencils Tue 26-Aug-14 20:42:57

Sounds very creative AtlanticDrift, I bet it looks beautiful.

I love the Scandi thing. I am quite retro in my taste, I love honeycomb decorations. We use multicoloured lights and our main tree is a riot of colour. My mum has a tradition if buying me a new decoration every year so there are lots of memories on the tree.

We are in a new house this year, new porch, new stairs, and a gorgeous new fireplace. Very excited about decorating it.

Hensfunny Tue 26-Aug-14 21:25:01

I'm going to be watching with interest and stealing your ideas grin

We have a spiral staircase this year, I want it to look classy, Christmassy...well just perfect!

MamaPain Tue 26-Aug-14 21:30:13

Last year I glitter sprayed my garland and main tree. I don't think it would be to everyone's taste but I thought it was FABULOUS.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 26-Aug-14 21:31:56

I've just made a note on my calendar to cut some garden ivy to root in water. Then I can plant it up in some big pots, put on some snowdrop bulbs for spring and while I'm waiting for them, put a candle in a jar in the centre of the pot as outdoor decoration.

And I'm going to do one of those "ice bowls" (one bowl inside another, fill with boiled cooled water - makes the ice clear- and ivy & holly) and freeze, then put on the garden table with a candle. It'll melt but it should last an evening,

Purpleflamingos Tue 26-Aug-14 21:36:08

We collect pine cones over summer and autumn and the dc spend some happy rainy afternoons sprinkling glitter everywhere in an attempt to glue and glitter the pine cones. Once they are dry we buy some oranges, slice them, dry them out in the oven and make garlands of pine cones and oranges.

MamaPain Tue 26-Aug-14 21:36:21

Also re chair covers, I haven't bought any, I just buy a big roll of thick ribbon and tie large bows around the chairs. It seems better to me because I can change them each year to match my centrepieces and if they get tatty I can just buy more ribbon.

bouquetofpencils Tue 26-Aug-14 22:15:27

Oooh 70 I am going to try the ice bowl thing! I am doing Christmas dinner for all the family so thinking I could put some desert in it? Or punch?

I really love the gingerbread house style of decoration. Ideally I would live in a log cabin.

MsVanRein Tue 26-Aug-14 23:48:02

I've just bought a load of new decorations online this evening.

I bloody love decorating for Christmas!

We will do 2 big trees downstairs and probably 1 or 2 small ones upstairs. I theme my so excited to decorate this year.

I love foliage/lights/candles on the mantelpiece but we no longer have a mantelpiece just a very shiny granite hearth with a big mirror above it so not sure what to do with it this year.

MollyBdenum Wed 27-Aug-14 09:47:59

We have a small house so I like to keep things simple: lots of greenery, lots of candles, the White Company winter candles and scented oil, a tree decorated with white lights, red ribbons, a few baubles and lots of gingerbread hearts, stars and gingerbread men, some home-made bunting, red gingham, a home-made nativity set.

When DS was a newborn, DP was working long hours and I couldn't face getting the decorations down from the attic with a toddler and baby, so we made decorations with stuff we already had and it was so pretty that I ditched most of the old decorations and started a new tradition based on that year's improvisation.

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